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Old 03-20-16, 03:05 PM
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MTB or CX?

I am going to buy a new bike. I like riding in forest routes and discovering new areas but I also want my bike to be universal. These bikes what I am thinking about are:

Giant Anyroad 2

KTM 29er Ultra 1964

I know MTB will be better in forest but how much faster would this Giant be in city or roads? Help me pick one please.

BTW my current bike is some old wheeler MTB 26"
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I'd get the one that you think is least like the bike you own now. That way you'll have a choice between two quite different rides.
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If you are going to be riding single track with logs, roots, small boulders, drop-offs, I'd go with the 29er. A mountain bike is specifically designed to do one thing really well - ride rough trails. It will suffice as a mode of transportation on other surfaces, but there is a siginficant trade-off in performance. Like a road bike it is sort of a one trick pony. The CX bike will do just about everything really well except tough single track and high speed road racing. If you are going to do mostly pavement, gravel, and fairly smooth off-road riding, the CX bike will wor really well. Here's how I see it in terms of a bike style's range:

l--Mtb bike range--l----------------------------------------------------------------l--Road bike range--l

l------------l----------------------------------CX bike range----------------------------------l-----------l

I have a Cannondale CAADX CX bike, and it is great for just about everything - road, gravel, commuting, longer rides. It is not so good for technical singl track, although it is OK for non-technical trails. If I wanted to go faster, I could install narrower tires. For single track, I use my 29er mtb. You'll need to realistically determine what type of riding you will do most of the time, and then make your choice.

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MTB born to be off road. But if you want your bike to be universal I prefer Gaint it looks very simple and unexpected in city.
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I sometimes ride my full sus trail bike several miles on road to nearby trail riding areas. It's a dog on paved roads. Of course that's with 2.3" knobbies at ~20 psi. Smoother tires at higher psi would make someone less of a dog, but still a dog compared to a road or CX bike. A CX bike will fly on the road, but I'd be picking my way very slowly or walking through much of the stuff I blast through on the trail bike, so they're different things. If the trails you intend to ride are mainly smooth without lots of big rocks and roots, soft/loose surfaces, etc., a CX bike can be fun.
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